Classical Weekdays

Monday through Friday, 6 am to 6 pm

WRTI brings you the best recordings of works from the vast world of classical music every weekday from 6 am to 6 pm. Chamber music, symphonies, choral works, violin concertos, piano sonatas, and more...engagingly presented with insight and a smile by our knowledgeable hosts.

Playlists are at the bottom of this page.

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November 13, 2012

6:06 AM
Oboe Concerto in a, RV 461
Artist : Alex Klein, oboe
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 7003 CD
Conductor : Anthony Newman
Orchestra : New Brandenberg Collegium
Label : Cedille
6:16 AM
Sinfonia in A
Artist :
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Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 553194 CD
Conductor : Richard Armstrong
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:30 AM
Knight Templar Overture
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 91079 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:44 AM
Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A, BWV 1055
Artist : David Fray, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 213064 CD
Conductor : David Fray
Orchestra : German Ch. Phil., Bremen
Label : Vrgn Clscs
7:06 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Charles Gounod
Catalog : 550087 CD
Conductor : Ondrej Lenard
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
7:15 AM
The Directorate
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 305 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:18 AM
Roumanian Folk Dances
Artist :
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 432005 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:28 AM
Suite No. 2 in F Op 28
Artist :
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 40471 CD
Conductor : Imogen Holst
Orchestra : Central Band of the Royal A.F.
Label : Angel/EMI
7:42 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:50 AM
Concerto No. 11 in d Op 3, RV565
Artist : Kristina Mascher, horn; Kerry Turner, horn
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 1181 CD
Conductor : Dariusz Wisniewski
Orchestra : Sinfonietta Cracovia
Label : MSR
8:06 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 550999 CD
Conductor : Yoav Talmi
Orchestra : San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:16 AM
Marien-Walzer (Maria Waltz) Op 143
Artist : Willi Boskovsky, violin
Album :
Composer : Joseph Lanner
Catalog : 8015 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Boskovsky Ensemble
Label : VangrdOmeg
8:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Op 6
Artist :
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 410897 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
8:42 AM
Symphonyin A
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Composer : Leopold Mozart
Catalog : 570499 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:50 AM
Romance for violin and orchestra No. 2in F Op 50
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 471349 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 64456 CD
Conductor : Bruno Walter
Orchestra : Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:20 AM
Piano Concerto No. 7 in F, K. 242 Lodron
Artist : Leonard Bernstein, Gold & Fizdale, pians
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 60598 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
9:46 AM
El Salon Mexico
Artist :
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 60571 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
10:00 AM
Karelia Overture Op 10
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 85785 CD
Conductor : Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:10 AM
Karelia Suite Op 11
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 39785 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:28 AM
Symphony in A
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Composer : Friedrich Witt
Catalog : 572089 CD
Conductor : Patrick Gallois
Orchestra : Sinfonia Finlandia
Label : Naxos
10:53 AM
Piano Concerto No. 4 in g Op 40
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 41 CD
Conductor : Jascha Horenstein
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chesky Rec
11:20 AM
Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Op 21
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 9334 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Adagio in g
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 45557 CD
Conductor : Karl Ristenpart
Orchestra : Saar Chamber Orchestra
Label : Erato
12:18 PM
Piano Trio No. 2 in c Op 66
Artist : Nicholas Angelich, piano; Renaud Capucon, violin; Gautier Capucon, cello
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 58472 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
12:52 PM
Violin Sonata in a Op 4
Artist : Fabio Biondi, violin
Album :
Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 45588 CD
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
1:05 PM
In Nature’s Realm Overture Op 91
Artist :
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 66 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Water Lily
1:22 PM
Symphony No. 6 in F Op 68 Pastoral
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 429036 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
Holberg Suite Op 40
Artist :
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 60105 CD
Conductor : Scott Yoo
Orchestra : Metamorphosen
Label :
2:19 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in f Op 21
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 11654 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:00 PM
ORFEO ED EURIDICE: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Artist :
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Composer : Christoph Willibald Gluck
Catalog : 2392 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
3:11 PM
Symphony No. 3 in C
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 1062 CD
Conductor : Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra : Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Label : Simax
3:43 PM
Intro and Dance of Salome Op 90
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 220445 CD
Conductor : Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : MarcoPolo
4:06 PM
Piano Concerto in C
Artist : Felicia Blumenthal, piano
Album :
Composer : Muzio Clementi
Catalog : 5111 CD
Conductor : Alberto Zedda
Orchestra : Prague New Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
4:28 PM
Navarra (Danza Espagnole) Op 33
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
Album :
Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : Alejandro Posada
Orchestra : Orchestra of Castille & Leon
Label : CanaryClas
4:39 PM
La Rosa y el Sauce
Artist : Anna Netrebko, soprano
Album :
Composer : Carlos Guastavino
Catalog : 12217 CD
Conductor : Emmanuel Villaume
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : D. Gramphn
4:45 PM
Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite Op 57
Artist :
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 550726 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2 in D Op 11
Artist :
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 10 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Golschmann
Orchestra : Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
5:19 PM
Rondo Brilliant for piano and orchestrain E-Flat Op 29
Artist : Ian Hobson, piano
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 6688 CD
Conductor : Ian Hobson
Orchestra : Sinfonia da Camera
Label : Arabesque
5:28 PM
London Calling- March
Artist :
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 2112 CD
Conductor : John Wilson
Orchestra : BBC Concert Orchestra
Label : ASV
5:33 PM
The Woman in White Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Andrew Lloyd Webber (arr. Laurence Roman)
Catalog : 58043 CD
Conductor : Simon Lee
Orchestra : The London Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI


WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:04 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Hear Hans Zimmer's Bid For The Next Great Screen Composer

Hans Zimmer.
Zoe Zimmer Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 1:06 pm

Crimson Tide, The Lion King, Inception, Gladiator — that's just a handful of the many movies that feature award-winning scores by Hans Zimmer. Lately, Zimmer has lent his ear to soundtracks written by a new generation of aspiring film composers.

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2:12 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

A Virtuoso Violinist With A Legendary Violin: Anne Akiko Meyers Makes History

The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album is violinist Anne Akiko Meyers' newly released CD.

Virtuoso violinist Anne Akiko Meyers tells the story of seeing an old Jack Benny routine on TV. Mr. Benny had two violins: an el cheapo model, and an expensive Stradivarius. He wanted to show the difference between the two instruments.  The comedian launches into Mendelssohn on the el cheapo and gets, "...squeak, SQUEAK, SQUONK, squeal..." Benny then picks up the Strad and plays the same piece. "...Squeak, SQUEAK, SQUONK, squeal..."   Yes, comedy. But Meyers' point was that it's not really the instrument that makes the artist.

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WRTI Spotlight
1:52 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Yannick Nezet-Seguin And His New Conducting Team

The Philadelphia Orchestra has a new "dream team" of conducting talent! From left: Cristian Măcelaru, conductor-in-residence; Yannick Nezet-Seguin, music director; Stéphane Denève, principal guest conductor; and Lio Kuokman, assistant conductor.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced a new roster of conductors, selected by Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, to lead the ensemble in a growing number of artistic endeavors and collaborations across seasons and venues.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:28 am
Fri May 2, 2014

10 Can't-Miss Classical Music Festivals

Some performances during the Bard Music Festival in the Hudson Valley take place at the Fisher Center, designed by Frank Gehry.
Peter Aaron/Esto

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 9:32 am

  • Stravinsky: Firebird - 'Infernal Dance' (from the 2013 Aspen Music Festival)

In much of the country it still feels like summer is a long way off, but it's not too early to plan on hitting the road and hearing great music. From bucolic college campuses in New England to musical rafting trips down the Colorado, these are 10 of the most intriguing classical festivals. And below them is a listing, by region, of many of the best fests. Been to one we missed? Pass along your own advice in the comments section or via Facebook or Twitter.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
1:24 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

A Feast for Organ and Brass: The Philadelphians on WRTI, May 4th, 1 PM

Conductor Alain Altinoglu

What a program! It's The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, May 4 at 1 pm. The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ and organist Michael Stairs are two of the biggest stars in a firmament of many! Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin had to withdraw from this performance in March, but it brought conductor Alain Altinoglu to Verizon Hall at Yannick’s recommendation, and was he ever in his element!

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5:20 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

AVA Opera Theater on WRTI: Massenet's MANON, May 4 at 3 PM

Bass-baritone Daniel Noyola and soprano Sydney Mancasola

Jules Massenet's most enduring opera, Manon, will be presented in a not-to-be-missed broadcast on Sunday afternoon on WRTI by the Academy of Vocal Arts. The opera, based on the 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost, tells the story of a young girl with conflicting desires for love and luxury, corrupted by the idea of the glamorous life.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:39 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Valentina Lisitsa: Chasing Pianos And YouTube Fans

Valentina Lisitsa's new album, Chasing Pianos, features music from Michael Nyman's score to the 1993 film The Piano.
Alexei Kuznetsoff Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 7:15 pm

Born in Kiev a little more than 40 years ago, Valentina Lisitsa came to America in the early '90s to work as a concert pianist.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
9:14 am
Fri April 25, 2014

A Trove Of Celluloid, Primed For The Public

Maria Callas at home in her Milan Apartment, in 1958. One of 85,000 archive films British Pathé has uploaded to YouTube.
British Pathé

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 9:42 am

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WRTI Spotlight
12:05 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

SUMMER from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons: A Closer Look

Comprised of four violin concertos written by Vivaldi in 1723, The Four Seasons is probably the Baroque composer's best-known work. Each of the four concerti is based on a sonnet - supposedly written by Vivaldi himself. Each sonnet is divided into three sections (fast, slow, fast), which correspond with the three movements in each concerto. Read the "Summer" sonnet and listen to each part of The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer)


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WRTI Spring Member Drive
5:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

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